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Hendra Vaccination Information

Hendra Virus Vaccine Released

As you may have heard, a vaccine for the deadly Hendra virus was released in November 20121. Since 1994 this virus has killed over 80 horses together with the devastating consequences of four human deaths associated with the equine cases.

The vaccine is a great breakthrough in the fight against Hendra. Studies in vaccinated horses challenged with virus have shown that no clinical signs occurred, and neither virus nor evidence of virus replication in any tissue was found in the treated horses.

Outbreaks of Hendra virus to date have occurred from Cairns in North Queensland through to Macksville in Northern New South Wales and as far west as Chinchilla, however the risk of Hendra virus occurs across much of Australia.

 

Hendra virus is transmitted from bats to horses, and bats carrying Hendra virus have been identified in Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, Western Australia, Northern Territory and most recently South Australia.

 

There is also the risk of horse to horse transmission, and with horses travelling interstate being so common, there is a risk of an infected horse travelling into an area that has never seen a case of Hendra virus before and shedding virus before it shows any symptoms of sickness.

 

 Vaccination is the most effective way to safeguard yourself, your family and your horse against Hendra. Vaccination involves two injections, 21 days apart. Our practice includes veterinarians that are accredited to administer the Hendra vaccine to your horse right away.

 

  1. Hendra vaccine, Equivac HeV, is only available under APVMA Minor Use Permit (PER13510)

 

NEW POLICY FOR UNVACCINATED HORSES

From December 1st 2014, Marlin Coast Veterinary Hospital is implementing a Hendra Virus / vaccination policy.

From December 1st onwards we will use the following protocols for horses:

UNVACCINATED SICK/EMERGENCY CASES will be required to undergo Hendra Virus exclusion testing prior to any invasive or risk associated treatments.

Treatments associated with each case will be limited to what is deemed necessary for the animal’s welfare until exclusion test results are returned.

A surcharge to cover the costs associated with infectious control equipment and testing procedures will be charged for each visit.

UNVACCINATED ROUTINE CASES. Non-emergency procedures that are considered invasive or carry a risk of infection to personal, will be required to be

vaccinated prior to our undertaking the procedure.

Marlin Coast Veterinary Hospital has an obligation to its clients, the community and staff to protect and advise them on preventing this disease in horses

and people. Vaccination is the best way of preventing Hendra Virus infection in horses and is considered to be safe and effective.

 

 

November 2014 is Hendra Vaccination Month

During the month of November, we will be offering a 2 for 1 HeV vaccination promotion for horses being vaccinated against Hendra Virus for the first time. (Promotion does not include travel costs and 1st vaccine must be administered before November 30th 2014) 

 

Hendra virus has the potential to kill you, your family and your horses and with over 70% of outbreaks occurring between May and August, now is the perfect time to prepare through vaccination of all your horses.

 

Since 1994 this virus has killed over 80 horses together with the devastating consequences of four human deaths associated with the equine cases.

Hendra virus is transmitted from bats to horses, and bats carrying Hendra virus have been identified in Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, Western Australia, Northern Territory and most recently South Australia.

 

There is also the risk of horse to horse transmission, and with horses travelling interstate being so common, there is a risk of an infected horse travelling into an area that has never seen a case of Hendra virus before and shedding virus before it shows any symptoms of sickness.

 

Vaccination is the most effective way to safeguard yourself, your family and your horse against Hendra. Vaccination involves two injections, 21 days apart. Our practice includes veterinarians that are accredited to administer the hendra vaccine to your horses right away.

 

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